Chicago visitors tend to gravitate toward downtown with its as-seen-on-Instagram sites such as the Bean, museums and Navy Pier.
Try something new during your visit by stepping off the beaten path and into one of the city’s 77 unique neighborhoods. Each has its own, one-of-a-kind places to shop, eat and explore.
This week’s spotlight: Logan Square
(Map: Lucid Reality)
Summary: Known for restaurants, bars and boutiques, Logan Square is one of Chicago’s trendiest places. The northwest neighborhood was even named one of the hippest in the nation.
Lula Café | 2537 N. Kedzie Ave.
This 15-year old staple is the essence of Logan — locally sourced, locally loved. It offers seasonal brunch such as creations in addition to year-round regulars like the classic Lula breakfast burrito, buttermilk pancakes or cornbread French toast.
Bang Bang Pie Shop | 2051 N. California Ave.
From orange creamsicle to malted milk chocolate, the pie creations are as original as the biscuits. Not into sweets? Opt for a savory chicken pot pie, or one served buffalo style.
El Cid |2645 N. Kedzie Ave.
Athentic Mexican food will have your taste buds doing the cucaracha! Enjoy a margarita on the renowned back patio during the summer.
Longman & Eagle | 2657 N. Kedzie Ave.
Easily the most casual Michelin Star restaurant in town, the food is as celebrated as the whiskey selection – one of the city’s most extensive with over 300 offerings.
Fat Rice | 2957 W. Diversey Pkwy.
This Asian-Spanish fusion spot’s most famous dish is the arroz gordo, or fat rice. The layered entree combines rice, duck, curried chicken, jumbo prawns, clams and more.
Parson’s Chicken and Fish | 2952 W. Armitage Ave.
Not only does Parson’s know how to fry a chicken the patio is second-to-none.
Katherine Anne Confections | 2745 W. Armitage Ave.
The sweet spot whips up rich hot chocolates topped with fluffy homemade marshmallows. There’s also a variety of locally sourced truffles and caramels.
Revolution Brewing |2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.
As the state’s largest local brewery, Revolution provides beer-drinkers with bold tastes and a huge variety like the Rosa Hibiscus Ale and Fistmas Ale – a holiday favorite – just to name a few.
Scofflaw | 3210 W. Armitage Ave.
With its speakeasy vibe, gin-infused drink menu and warm chocolate chip cookies at midnight, the bar offers a unique neighborhood experience.
Billy Sunday | 3143 W. Logan Blvd.
The uniquely crafted cocktails combined with classy decor and an intimate ambiance make Billy Sunday the perfect place to unwind after a long day.
The 606 – Bloomingdale Trail
This old railroad track has been transformed into an elevated park hosting 2.7 miles of bike and pedestrian trails. Rent a Divvy bike for a longer cruise or just a stroll between your destinations.
Logan Theatre | 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave.
An old-time movie theater basks in its 1920s glory with cheap tickets, red velvet seats and an updated bar/concession stand.
Comfort Station | 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Built in the 1900s for trolley riders to stop and rest during journeys, the structure now houses art, screen films and live music.
Logan Arcade | 2410 W. Fullerton Ave.
This barcade houses an assortment of old-school arcade games and one of the largest public collections of pinball machines. Bring some spare change and step back into the days of gaming glory.
Wolfbait & B-Girls | 3131 W. Logan Blvd.
With offerings from 170 local artisans, this unique boutique was voted by Chicagoans as the best place to buy local wares in the city.
Fat Tiger | 1043 W. Grand Ave.
This local streetwear shop offers brands such as Squad, Lost Paradise, Don’t Be Mad and more. While shopping, you can possibly catch an impromptu performance from a member of the local hip-hop scene.
Fleur |2651 N. Milwaukee Ave.
The shop also made the Chicago Reader’s Best of Chicago 2016, taking the coveted spot as best florist in the city. In addition to hand-crafted flower arrangements, it offers trinkets and gifts.
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